Recent changes to the national minimum wage and the phasing in of penalty rates reductions formally came into effect last month, with the Fair Work Ombudsman also announcing the appointment of Sandra Parker to replace Natalie James who has now completed her five-year term in the role. R&CA has written to the new ombudsman to continue the Association’s work on an overarching strategy to improve rates of compliance across the sector which had already commenced under her predecessor.
In its correspondence, R&CA reiterated its commitment to pursuing the highest possible standards of compliance across the industry to ensure a level playing field for the benefit of both employers and the employees. R&CA also emphasised the negative impact of non-compliant businesses on those doing the right thing and the need to stamp out illegal practices to uphold the integrity of the industry.
R&CA will be providing members with updates on its work with the Fair Work Ombudsman over the coming weeks and months. In the meantime, if you or your business is in any doubt about the correct award rates, contact the Association’s workplace advisory team today on 1300 722 878 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mark Scanlan, President
Restaurant & Catering Australia